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Sarraj Holds Urgent Meetings, Siala to Discuss Libyan Crisis in Moscow

North Africa

Negotiations about the nature of future elections and the governance of Libya are ongoing as the political crisis in the country continues.

The head of the Government of National Accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, held a series of security and military meetings on Thursday in an attempt to impose his government’s presence after the terrorist attack against the headquarters of the Electoral Commission in the Libyan capital.

In a statement on Thursday, Al-Sarraj said that the Interior Ministry’s bodies were working hard to unveil the circumstances of the incident and to identify the persons involved in the attack.

The premier listened to reports of measures taken to restore security during an urgent meeting with the interior minister, the director of the Tripoli security directorate, the commander of the presidential guards and the head of the general intelligence, in the presence of the head of the electoral commission.

Several people were killed on Wednesday when suicide bombers stormed Libya’s electoral commission in Tripoli, in an attack claimed by the ISIS terrorist group.

Two armed assailants attacked the electoral commission building, shooting guards and officials before blowing themselves up, Interior Minister Abdelsalam Ashour told a news conference.

UN Envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame said that he presented to Sarraj, at his office in Tripoli, his personal condolences for the victims of the terrorist attack. In a brief statement, Salame said he and Sarraj discussed steps to bring those responsible to justice and affirmed their commitment to the democratic process and the UN action plan.

On a different note, an official source in the Libyan National Army accused extremist groups, especially the Muslim Brotherhood, of adopting a propaganda campaign to distort the image of Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the commander of the National Army.

The comments came after an official of the Muslim Brotherhood, who presented himself as a normal Libyan citizen, filed a formal complaint against Haftar to the French authorities, accusing him of “torture and barbarism”.

The plaintiff’s lawyer in France, Rachel Lindon said on Wednesday that she filed the lawsuit on behalf of a Canadian-Libyan living in Canada, against Haftar alleging torture and barbarism.

The complaint was filed as Haftar, 75, was receiving medical treatment in Paris after falling ill during a foreign tour.

Separately, The Russian National Security Council announced that Libya’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Taher Siala discussed the conflict in his country with the Council’s secretary, Nikolai Patrushev, in Moscow on Thursday.

The statement added that Siala and Patrushev also discussed counter-terrorism measures.

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Article: Asharq al-Awsat